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  Next week’s news: Inflatable slide edition

This week, Andy reflects on the epic flame-out of JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater, and discusses stress in the workplace — including here at PBS.

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  Verizon, Google and the future of the Internet

Some fear that a pact between the two companies announced this week could undermine equal access to the internet. We talk to Need to Know contributor Rick Karr to find out what’s at stake.

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  In perspective: Dred Scott and the Fourteenth Amendment

Jon Meacham explores the roots of the Fourteenth Amendment in light of recent efforts by Republican lawmakers to end birthright citizenship in the U.S.

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  Eugene Hütz, immigrant punk

Need to Know talks with Eugene Hütz, the front man for the gypsy-punk band Gogol Bordello, about his personal story of immigration and his advocacy for immigrant rights.

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‘Mad Men’ recap: ‘Only connect’

It’s fitting that an episode about the two sides of Don Draper had such a split personality. It almost felt like two mini-episodes: the first half featuring Dick Whitman’s West Coast past, and a whiskey-soaked second act with the loutish Don Draper. It’s frustrating that the second half of the episode doesn’t seem to be connected to [...]

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  A curtain rises in Jenin

The West Bank city of Jenin rolls out the red carpet for the opening of its only movie theater.

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Senate confirms Elena Kagan, as same-sex marriage debate looms

The Senate confirmed Elena Kagan, only the fourth woman in history to serve on the Supreme Court. But the moment was overshadowed by Wednesday’s ruling on same-sex marriage.

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  Edinburgh gets festive

Edinburgh gets festive

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Judge overturns ‘Prop 8,’ ban on same-sex marriage in California

A federal judge in California has rejected the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, setting the stage for a lengthy and hard-fought appeals process that may well reach the Supreme Court.